Steve James Named Hot Docs 2016 Outstanding Achievement Recipient

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The Hot Docs Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen Steve James as the recipient of its 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective during the Festival, April 28 to May 8, celebrating James’s enduring contribution to the documentary form.

Steve James produced and directed Oscar®-nominated Hoop Dreams (1994), universally acclaimed by critics and winner of several major awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. This began his 30 year affiliation with Kartemquin Films, with whom James has produced numerous award-winning films, including: Stevie (2002), winner of the Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary and the IDFA award for Best Feature-Length Documentary; The New Americans (2004), named Best Limited Series at the IDA’s Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards; The War Tapes (2006), winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival; and The Interrupters (2011), winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. James’s most recent documentary, Life Itself (2014), was named the best documentary of the year by over a dozen critics associations, Rotten Tomatoes, The Critic’s Choice Awards, The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America.

Film titles and the full schedule will be announced in March.

Past recipients include Patricio Guzmán (2015) Adam Curtis (2014), Les Blank (2013), Michel Brault (2012), Terence Macartney-Filgate (2011), Kim Longinotto (2010), Alanis Obomsawin (2009), Richard Leacock (2008), Heddy Honigmann (2007), Werner Herzog (2006), Errol Morris (2005), Michael Maclear (2004), Nick Broomfield (2003), Frederick Wiseman (2002), D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2000) and Albert Maysles (1999).

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